arthritis hands remediesArthritis of the hands can be due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. They yield similar pain but often have two different sets of joints involved.

The arthritic hands from osteoarthritis often involve the distal joints, which have knobs where the joints should be.

Rheumatoid arthritis hands usually involve the joints that make up the knuckles of the hands themselves.   In rheumatoid arthritis, the joints can be both swollen and red.

4 Home Remedies for Hands that are Arthritic

While some people have to resort to prescription pain relievers or anti-arthritic medications, many times arthritic hands can be dealt with using home remedies.  Some home remedies include the following:

1. Local Heat

The application of heat can ease the pain of arthritic hands.  You can wrap your hands in heating pads for about half an hour in order to improve the circulation to the arthritic joints.

This can ease the pain and can make the joints less stiff.  Limit the use of this home remedy to a half hour at a time and use a protective covering between the skin and the heating pads so you won’t burn the skin.

2. Local Ice

Ice can ease the inflammation of arthritic joints.  You can use ice packs that have been commercially prepared or you can use homemade ice packs you prepare with plastic bags and ice cube or from bags of frozen vegetables. Limit the application of ice to about half an hour so you don’t get the hands too cold.

While the inflammation might be better after applying ice, it can add to stiffness of the joints if you use the ice for too long.   You can also soak some gloves in water and freeze them (or put them in the refrigerator).  Wearing the gloves for about half an hour can ease the pain of arthritic hands.

3. Herbal Remedies

There are many herbal remedies for pain and inflammation.  Make sure your doctor knows what herbal remedies you are using and see a skilled herbalist for advice as to what herbal remedies are the best home remedies for arthritis of the hands.

You can use herbal remedies along with prescription drugs if your doctor says it is safe to do so.

4. Capsaicin Cream

Capsaicin cream can be purchased without a prescription.  It is a cream especially for pain.  You apply it daily to the affected joints. The pain medication doesn’t work right away but it eventually reduces the amount of substance P in the painful areas so that, after a few weeks, the pain is resolved.

You have to keep applying the cream in order for it to have a long lasting effect on the painful joints. This is a cheap and easy way of addressing pain of arthritis or of any other part of the body.  The cream must be rubbed into the tissues in order for it to work.

Arthritic hands can strongly affect your ability to function in day-to-day activities.  Using these Home Remedies for Arthritic Hands, can help relieve the pain without a prescription so that you can use the hands effectively, no matter how severe the arthritis in the hands is.